This is a stunning first novel with exceptional quality writing with a uniquely imaginative plot from a brand new publisher of children’s books, although not adult ones, Quercus. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is wonderfully exciting with a fast-paced narrative and quick humour that makes it an utterly compelling and addictive read.
Hazel travels to her Aunt's country house for a holiday. Her Aunt is angry and rude, so Hazel expects her stay to be a nightmare - little does she expect, though, that there are actual nightmares living in the garden. These creatures - scary amalgams of different animals such as gorillas and leopards - haunt her Aunt every night. And soon, Hazel is drawn into their world of creating and rehearsing these nightmares ...With her new social circle consisting of gorillas crossed with leopards, pythons crossed with porcupines, and wooden-headed dogs, Hazel is thrown into a funny, scary world and learns a useful lesson about friendship along the way.
|Publication date:||29th April 2010|
|Publisher:||Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|
Leander Deeny was born in New York, to Irish parents, in 1980. He completed a degree at Oxford University where he edited Isis Magazine, was president at the Oxford Revue and a member of OUDS. After university he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is now working as an actor, currently in roles at the Globe. He lives in South East London.More About Leander Deeny